CALL FOR DONATIONS! PLEASE READ THE UPDATE BELOW!
Kharkiv, Ukraine (my home town) is one of the cities currently suffering the most brutal assaults by Putin's Air Force and artillery. The Russian military is bombing indiscriminately upon civilian housing neighborhoods, hospitals, and even schools - killing women and children. My family and friends are still in Kharkiv or trying to make it to safety in the west.
So many friends in our Colo. Springs community and around the world have expressed the desire to help. This is why we are creating the fund to help our friends and family in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Donations are being used to help them with food, medical supplies, lost property, emergency travel, relocation costs etc. If we still have left over funds when the war is over, we will use them to travel to Ukraine and help rebuild the beautiful city of Kharkiv!
The aid is easy to distribute thanks to PayPal, which is working in Ukraine as of March 17th. We are also partnering with a volunteer organization on the ground in Kharkiv, Ukraine coordinated by a close music school friend. This organization is called Kharkiv Help. The can procure goods and deliver them with the help of our funds. See the updates and reports below!
We will keep you informed about how much money is raised and what we are using it for on this page. Our standard is maximum transparency and only passing help to those we know and who need help right now. Every dollar is much needed, thank you and Glory to Ukraine and it's brave people!
Donate by check:
make out to: Sergei Vassiliev
P.O. Box 25383
Colorado Springs, CO, 80936
Donate with Card:
Attention: This is a private fund and donations are NOT tax deductible.
UPDATE 5/5/22: CALL FOR DONATIONS! Your donations have been saving lives of Ukrainians. THANK YOU! Unfortunately the war is taking its toll and the needs are multiplying. Our spending is increasing, while the donations are decreasing. We are now forced to deny some requests. Please consider another donation to replenish the fund!
Ukrainian ingenuity and resourcefulness is world famous these days. We wouldn't be Ukrainians if we didn't display the same kind of qualities at our little fund here. The dollars you have donated are making a gigantic reach. Just over the last few days we were able to help dozens more people with various kinds of immediate needs: food, medicine, cloths, equipment, travel expenses, volunteers on the ground.
Most recent aid disbursements went to helping more people with relocation costs, including elderly people and people with disabilities and special needs. We worked with Kharkiv chapter of Hesed to help people most in need. We gave more support to the territorial defense forces of Kharkiv and other regions, helping these heroes with the comforts and essentials they requested.
You should know that we received many messages of gratitude and some wanted to let you know that your gifts saved their lives!
Your gifts helped family and friends who are trying to find safer places to stay, volunteers who help to distribute food and shelter for people and animals in Kharkiv and other Ukrainian cities. Families of those who recently lost loved ones due to the conditions of this senseless war. Some funds went to help Sergei's family's recent travel costs to the US, Poland, and across Ukraine. Sergei's parents are coming to the US in the next few weeks.
We continue contributing to the grassroots volunteer movement called "Kharkiv Help" established by a dear school friend. This group is in Kharkiv delivering the goods. Reports on where your gifts are going will be posted as frequently as possible! Since this site is public, people's names have been crossed out for their safety. Also, look at photos below, these are actual people we are working with and helping.
To find out many other ways you can #StandWithUkraine outside of our fund, follow this link for information. Thank you!